University School of Jackson

Lower School

USJ Announces New Lower School Director Cynthia Kirsch

04/09/2021

The University School of Jackson is very pleased to announce Cynthia Kirsch’s hiring as its new Lower School Director. Mrs. Kirsch brings an extensive background in independent schools, from having attended one herself from Pre-K through 12th grade to serving 20+ years in leading independent lower schools in Dallas and Houston, Texas.     “The success of any organization depends upon hiring and developing excellent people. The nurturing and engaging culture of the Lower School stands as such an integral component of USJ. I am confident that our families will benefit from Mrs. Kirsch's tremendous experience Read More

Headnotes: Tested

04/06/2021

Headnotes: Tested A few years ago, a friend and I planned to run a half marathon. We set goals, trained accordingly, and were ready to go on race day. On that cool, perfect for running April morning, we came out of the chute faster than usual and were “banking” time and feeling great, strengthened by the wind at our collective backs. As we hit mile six, still rolling and way ahead of our goal pace, I had a sense things may be going just a little too perfectly. I shared what would turn out to be an apt Read More

New Director of Auxiliary Programs and a New After School Care and Camp Bruins Coordinator

02/24/2021

USJ Announces New Director of Auxiliary Programs and a New After School Care and Camp Bruins Coordinator After School Care and Camp Bruins Director Faith Dixon and Assistant Development Director Cathy Garrett recently announced that they would leave USJ at the end of the school year. Both of these administrators have contributed substantially to the growth of their programs and have served USJ well. We will miss them for their kindness, leadership, and steadfast support of USJ and its students, faculty, and staff. Two current staff members have been asked to take on portions of their roles, as explained below. Read More

Lauren Yancey named Assistant Director of the Jones Academic Center

01/17/2020

The University School of Jackson is pleased to announce the promotion of Lauren Yancey to Assistant Director of the Camille and Ralph Jones Academic Center (JAC). Lauren will assist the JAC Director, Christy Glenn, in the day to day operation of the center and with the instruction of qualifying USJ students.    The Camille and Ralph Jones Academic Center services assist the University School of Jackson community in maintaining a standard of excellence in USJ's highly competitive academic atmosphere. Academic support services for qualifying students range from managing and updating appropriate classroom accommodations to temporary support, in the Read More

USJ Kicks-off Phase I of New Campus Master Plan with Lower School Playground Groundbreaking

05/21/2019

On Monday, May 20, 2019, University School of Jackson kicked off the beginning of Phase I of their Campus Master Plan with the groundbreaking of the Lower School playgrounds. Students, wearing USJ hard hats, joined together behind the Lower School to watch and cheer as a group of their peers shoveled the first scoop of dirt for the new playground project. The new Early Childhood playground will include cutting edge age-appropriate equipment, turf grass, climbing hills, tunnels, velocity slides, and a small soccer field. There will also be a separate enclosed toddler playground. The first through fifth-grade playground will feature two full Read More

Color of Music Winners

03/11/2019

USJ students in Mrs. Tanner and Mrs. McPeake's art classes recently participated in the Color of Music contest sponsored by the Jackson Symphony. They listened to the selections and created artwork based on their interpretations of the music.  Congratulations to these lower and middle school art students for having winning entries in the Jackson Symphony’s Color of Music Contest. They will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception at the Civic Center on Saturday, April 13th. Blue Ribbon: Josie Dougan, 6th grade Blue Ribbon: Caroline Conder, 8th grade Honorable Mention: Ellen Driver, 6th grade Honorable Read More

Don Roe named Associate Head of School, Middle School Director

11/08/2018

It is with great pleasure that the University School of Jackson announces the appointment of Mr. Don Roe as our Associate Head of School, Middle School Director. As the Associate Head of School, Don will work closely with our Head of School, Stuart Hirstein, to oversee the wellbeing of USJ and our community. Don will play a significant role in the life of our school and will be deeply involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations. Don has proven himself as a leader and has the personal qualities, integrity, and skillset to add tremendous value to USJ in this new Read More

Three USJ Students Named “Top 100 Readers”

08/17/2018

Sunday, August 12, was a big day for three of our students.  The First Lady of Tennessee Chrissy Haslam as part of her literacy initiative for TN had challenged all TN students to read over the summer for at least 20 minutes a day. Students were then asked to send the Governor's Mansion their reading logs for the summer and then from those many students who submitted their name 100 students from across the state were selected to attend a dinner at the Governor's Mansion.  Parvan Nerwal, Emily and Tucker Davenport were honored to be part of this motivated Read More

New Academic Center to Provide Educational Support for USJ Students

08/10/2018

The University School of Jackson officially opened the doors to its new Academic Center with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, August 9, 2018.    Head of School Stuart Hirstein shares his excitement saying, “The USJ Academic Center was the fulfillment of a major goal of our strategic plan launched three years ago. Our new Director, Christy Glenn, is a trained professional who brings a love of helping children reach their fullest potential using what we know about brain research. We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Christy's background and expertise and  Read More

New Infant and Toddler Program Lays Foundation for Learning

01/24/2018

The start of the 2017-2018 school year revealed a few more strollers and toys around the Lower School with the creation of USJ’s Infant and Toddler Program. This new option has allowed families to enroll children as young as six weeks old into the Bruin family. The infant classroom includes children from six weeks old to twelve months, while the toddler classroom serves children from 12-24 months from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Schedules are based on individual needs, and a daily Activity Sheet is provided for each child. “Our goal when we started Read More

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